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Muslim pilgrims converge on Jamarat for ritual stoning of the devil

Muslim pilgrims converge on Jamarat for ritual stoning of the devilMuslims from around the world hurled pebbles at a giant wall in a symbolic stoning of the devil on Sunday, the start of the riskiest part of the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, where hundreds died in a crush four years ago. The kingdom stakes its reputation on its guardianship of Islam’s holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, and organizing the world’s largest annual Muslim gathering which retraces the route Prophet Mohammad took 14 centuries ago. Nearly 2-1/2 million pilgrims, mostly from abroad, have arrived for the five-day ritual, a religious duty once in a lifetime for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.



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Some 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims scale Mount Arafat

Some 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims scale Mount ArafatNearly 2.5 million Muslim hajj pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia Saturday marshalled by tens of thousands of stewards in a bid to prevent any repetition of previous years’ deadly stampedes. Raising their palms skywards, the pilgrims set off on the climb to the summit where they held prayers to atone for their sins in a ritual that is regarded as the high point of the annual hajj.



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Pilgrims gather at Jesus's traditional birthplace for Christmas

Pilgrims gather at Jesus's traditional birthplace for ChristmasPilgrims from across the world gathered in Bethlehem on Monday for Christmas Eve, taking in a parade and queueing to see the grotto where Jesus is believed to have been born. Crowds, some wearing Santa hats or holding balloons, looked on at the square decked out with a giant Christmas tree and a manger as carols in Arabic played through speakers.



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This Thanksgiving, The Trump Administration Is Taking Land From The Tribe That Welcomed The Pilgrims

This Thanksgiving, The Trump Administration Is Taking Land From The Tribe That Welcomed The PilgrimsAbout 400 years ago, a man named Tisquantum was kidnapped by an English



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Yahoo News Explains: Who were the first Pilgrims in America?

Yahoo News Explains: Who were the first Pilgrims in America?If you remember anything from history class, you already know a small group of people boarded the Mayflower in 1620 in hopes of a better life in America. A couple of the crew members had actually been to America before to fish or to explore. A man on the Mayflower, Stephen Hopkins, had tried to settle in the New World 10 years earlier but got shipwrecked in Bermuda.  Shakespeare’s renowned play “The Tempest” was allegedly based on that wreck.



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Pilgrims throng Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Pilgrims throng Mount Arafat for peak of hajjMount Arafat (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – Their palms facing the sky, around two million Muslims gathered Thursday on Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat for the highlight of the hajj pilgrimage, one of the world's largest annual gatherings.



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First group of Qatari pilgrims enter Saudi Arabia by land: Saudi TV

First group of Qatari pilgrims enter Saudi Arabia by land: Saudi TVBy Sylvia Westall and Tom Finn DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) – Qatari pilgrims began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Saudi media reported, after Riyadh said it was opening up its border and airports for those attending the annual haj pilgrimage despite a diplomatic rift that cut travel ties. Qatar welcomed the Saudi decision to open the frontier and provide flights for Qatari pilgrims, but regarded the move as politically motivated, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed transport links with Qatar in June and imposed sanctions, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran, which Doha denies.



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Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrimsSaudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to hajj pilgrims, state media said Thursday, despite a major diplomatic crisis roiling the region. The Salwa border crossing was closed after regional kingpin Saudi Arabia, as well as Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing the emirate of fostering Islamist extremist groups. Qatar has denied the accusation.



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Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Qatari hajj pilgrims

Qatar accuses Saudis of hampering Qatari hajj pilgrimsThe Qatari authorities have accused Saudi Arabia of jeopardising the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca of Qatari pilgrims by refusing to guarantee their safety. Saudi Arabia and its allies have been boycotting Qatar since June 5, accusing it of backing extremist groups and of ties to Shiite Iran, in the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years. On July 20, Riyadh said that Qataris wanting to perform this year’s hajj would be allowed to enter the kingdom for the pilgrimage, but imposed certain restrictions.



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Iranian pilgrims return to haj in Saudi Arabia after boycott last year

Iranian pilgrims return to haj in Saudi Arabia after boycott last yearNearly 90,000 Iranians are expected to attend the haj in Medina this year, and were due to start arriving on Sunday, after Tehran boycotted the pilgrimage last year amid tensions with Saudi Arabia. Around 800 pilgrims were due to leave Iran on three flights to Medina on Sunday, the director of the haj at Iran’s Haj and Pilgrimage Organization, Nasrollah Farahmand told state media. Approximately 86,500 Iranians are expected to attend the haj in total this year and 800 coordinators have traveled to Saudi Arabia to help Iranians during the pilgrimage, he said.



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